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Was Sirhind’s Rs 1.2-cr public hall built for drug addicts?

punjab Updated: Dec 02, 2015 21:31 IST
Atul Nagpal
Sirhind

Built at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore, the community centre on Khanpur Road was built with an aim to provide space for local residents to host weddings and other parties against a price. (HT Photo)

In utter disregard for the taxpayer’s money, the civic authorities failed to put to use a community centre it built here in 2008 and are left with its ruins.

And now, having earned nothing out of the project, the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council will have to spend more money to repair the dilapidated building, which is at present a safe haven for drug addicts.

Built at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore, the community centre on Khanpur Road was built with an aim to provide space for local residents to host weddings and other parties against a price. Or, sources said, the civic body could have simply rent out the building to a contractor.

But neither was the building allotted to anyone nor was it inaugurated for public use.

All in vain

Established under the integrated development of small and medium towns (IDSMT) scheme of the central government, the community centre took way beyond the deadline to be completed.

There were concerns that the construction cost was inflated. Sources said the initial budget of the community centre was around Rs 22.5 lakh, of which Rs 12 lakh was to be spent by the Centre, Rs 8 lakh by the state government, and Rs 2.5 lakh by the municipal council.

The building at present, serves as a safe haven for drug addicts. (HT Photo)

The final cost was five times higher, but all in vain. The two-storey building with several rooms, two halls, washrooms and a kitchen has almost all windows and doors missing and the walls have developed cracks. Even the foundation stone has been lost.

Will earn now

The municipal council had planned to give the community centre on contract in July this year to generate some income for the council, but nothing happened.

Tarlok Singh Bajwa, president of the municipal council said the plan will take time to be implemented.

“We are expecting to complete the formalities and renovation work till January 2016, after which we will give the community centre on contract,” he said.